Okay, so she’s not really going anywhere. But I’m still going to miss her. So, in short: thank you, Nano and friends, for 26 weeks of the awesomest randomness I have seen in ages. In not as short: read on…
Yukko and co. decide to hold a double birthday party for Nano and Hakase; the Principal and Vice-Principal sweat over a pair of statues; Yukko runs around unintentionally spreading good luck; the first two members of the Igo Football Club share a quiet moment before school; Sakamoto runs away from Creepy-sensei; and Nano makes an important decision.
And so, after 26 weeks of Moé, slice-of-life, comedy gold, The Nano Show comes to an end. Nano’s decision in the final scenes of this episode probably came as no surprise, especially to anyone who’s been rooting for her during her on-going struggle with her identity, but it was certainly a lovely and fitting end to the series.
Overall, it wasn’t the best epi of Nichijou, as there weren’t as many LOL and/ or experimental moments as there have been in previous ones. However, the focus on the idea of the double birthday at the beginning and its realisation at the end gave the episode a nice sense of circularity, which was also echoed in the Sakamoto/ Taisho back-story that nodded back at those early episodes in which we first met him.
And that reminds me.
POOR SAKAMOTO! I’ve lost count of how many time I’ve said that, but seriously; my heart went out to that poor, abused kitty more than ever when I found out that he used to belong to Creepy-sensei. I did, though, enjoy the revelation regarding the moments leading up to his escape from his ‘cage’ before being taken in by Nano and Hakase, not least of all because it reminded me of one of my favourite ‘in between’ sequences, which is the one where we see a certain little black cat scuttling along a pavement while wearing a cardboard box. Before he pauses by some flower pots. Before he gets ‘watered’. DAAAWWAHAHA.
Back to epi 26.
Other fun moments included that bit with the Igo Football Club. Yes, with a few exceptions, I usually found these sequences pretty boring. This time, not only do we see Helvetica Standard Girl (|_|) showing a facial expression other than deadpan, but we actually see her blushing a-and st-stuttering. Now, I don’t know if this is because she was simply embarrassed at being caught practicing Igo Football, or if she was waiting for the club president in order to confess to him, but I do know that it was CUUUTE.
As mentioned, there were no key LOL/ OTT/ WTF moments in this epi, which is a shame, as they could have easily included one prior to the closing Nano dorama, like they did in the previous week before the Friendship Voucher final scene. However, they certainly captured the ‘(My) Everyday/ Ordinary Life’ theme that the title roughly translates to, especially in the last half of the episode, which also made it in many ways the right way to draw things to a close. I certainly enjoyed the montage of Nano clips in which she relives her highs and lows regarding how she feels about herself and the others in her life, before she (naturally), decides to stay as she is.
As I said, a fitting ending.
Finally, while it’s been difficult at times to find things to say other than, ‘OMG that was hilarious…’, I’ve had a lot of fun watching, blogging and discussing this show (with all its subtle as well as mad moments), and I hope you have too.